February, 2006

Exploring their roots: Kids find richness in preserving ethnic heritage, by 8-18 Media

“As Americans, we all come from different places,” said Johanna Andronis, eighteen, of Marquette. “The one thing that we’re always taught in school is that nobody is the same. And I think that heritage is the one way that people can really spread out and diversify themselves.” The Upper Peninsula has a rich ethnic heritage […]

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Notes from hibernation, by Nicole Walton

Around this time of year, when the short, slate-gray days pile up on one another like dirt-flecked snow banks, and many of us are investing heavily in Seasonal Affective Disorder, Inc., I wonder why I live here. Why do I allow myself to touch a toe to sub-zero floors on an early morning, stagger out […]

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Home-delivered meals help seniors maintain health, by Marcy Griffen

Most people know about “Meals on Wheels”—either know someone who received meals or someone who is in the program currently. If they don’t, chances are good that either they, or a loved one, will need Meals on Wheels at some point through their aging process. For at least thirty years, more than six billion meals […]

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The chaos of change, by Leslie Bek

All members of the health education and prevention field support the idea of any event that causes an individual to make healthy changes in their lifestyle. That makes the hoopla associated with New Year’s Resolutions in our culture what we consider to be a very teachable moment. Statistics indicate that the majority of those resolutions […]

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Choosing foods: Will it be Kellogg’s Total or Coca-Cola’s Zero? by Don Curto

We are so rich in America that we can choose what kind of foods we eat. Most people in the world eat what they can get (sometimes anything they can get) and are happy just to have enough. Here we concern ourselves with carbohydrates, calories, fiber, fat, (several kinds), taste, cost and availability. What is […]

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Dandelion Cottage: Living with a piece of the past, by Kathy Pohl

There’s something about owning a piece of history; before long, you realize that it doesn’t really belong to you at all. When my husband Bruce and I bought Dandelion Cottage two years ago, we knew it had a long and storied past, but we didn’t realize just how much this little yellow house remains a […]

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The New Rangers? by Rebecca Tavernini

Planners consider new team for old hockey town Starting next season, there may be some hot new skates on the ice. But for many longtime Marquette residents and hockey fans, it sounds wonderfully familiar. Organizers are hoping the Marquette Rangers will continue the tradition of excellence and enthusiasm generated by the fabled Iron Rangers, along […]

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Event has special meaning for former abuse victim, by Kristine McNease

There was a day I wouldn’t have dreamed of going outside in winter to exercise and meet women. Summer wouldn’t have made a difference. It wasn’t the cold that would have kept me away. I was a battered woman. I stayed away from people and from situations that made me uncomfortable. I tried to stay […]

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Former city clerk prepares to enjoy retirement, by Matthew Williams

Norm Gruber waited thirty-two years for the chance to kick back in the late morning and sip cappuccino at a Marquette coffee shop. He enjoyed just such a pleasure recently after retiring as Marquette’s city clerk and one-time planning and zoning administrator, posts he held for nearly a third of a century. At sixty-one, he […]

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City Notes

Highlights of what’s happening in and around town Mailbox Dear editor I would like to convey to the Karelian Bear Dogs, particularly after the tragedy of so many of your breed having been shot by snipers in the Russo-Finnish War, a friendly welcome to the Upper Peninsula. May your toughness allow you to live and […]

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Mehta prepares for his farewell performance, by Jamie Lafreniere

Every new year brings changes, and in 2006 the Marquette Symphony Orchestra bids a fond farewell to long time conductor and music director Nuvi Mehta. “It is no exaggeration to say the audience loves Nuvi—his musicianship, his personality, his wit, his verve,” said Ed Quinnell, president of the Marquette Symphony Board of Trustees. Mehta’s final […]

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